How do I use my hair straighteners in Indonesia?

Indonesian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Indonesia?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Indonesia:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 220 volt Indonesian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Indonesia, therefore check that your power converter comes with a power adapter for Indonesia otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk damage in transit. [9]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your hair straighteners in Indonesia please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Indonesia

Will my hair straighteners work in Indonesia?

It depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 220 volts used in Indonesia:

How can I use my American hair straighteners in Indonesia?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Indonesia and will provide guidance for using your American hair straighteners with an Indonesian power outlet.

Indonesia

Indonesia power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Indonesia?

Power outlets in Indonesia are 220 volts.

What is the frequency used with an Indonesian power outlet?

The frequency from an Indonesian power outlet is 50Hz. [10]

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using  hair straighteners in Indonesia?

Type C, F and G power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using hair straighteners in Indonesia?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Indonesia, these are type G, C and F with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two round adjacent holes, plus a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - This wall socket, technically called a type G power outlet, looks like 3 holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.

A suitable travel adapter to bring when using 220 volt hair straighteners in Indonesia is a Type G power adapter; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using hair straighteners in Indonesia. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [8] [11]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will accept a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location might depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners and could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically but other models will have a button which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Indonesia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with an Indonesian power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates single voltage hair straighteners which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in an Indonesian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Indonesia.
  • A large range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Indonesia or any other country.
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Travelling to Indonesia with hair straighteners

Should I bring my travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Indonesia?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Indonesia as it ensures that they will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Indonesian power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Indonesia.

Please be aware that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Indonesia. The costs of replacing or repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Indonesia could overshadow the costs of purchasing cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported right after use without waiting to cool down.   [13] [14]

Can hair straighteners go in my carry on luggage to Indonesia?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in my carry on luggage to Indonesia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Indonesia will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.    [12] [13] [15] [16]

Power converters for Indonesia

Do I need a converter to use my hair straighteners in Indonesia?

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in Indonesia. Travellers who wish to use their existing hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. In addition, travel hair straighteners can be substantially smaller than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suited for packing in luggage. [9]

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Indonesia, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter converts a 220 volt Indonesian power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners. [9]

Hair straightener safety

Are hair straighteners dangerous?

The temperature of the ceramic plates used in hair straighteners can reach over 200 degrees with the potential to burn hair, skin, and even start a fire if not used correctly. According to figures from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service electrical beauty products have been responsible for an estimated 650,000 fires in the United Kingdom alone.

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

A heat resistant glove

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

  • Skin protection: Wear heat resistant gloves during styling to protect hands from heat.
  • Children's protection: With 10% of children's burns being caused by hair straighteners it is recommended to look for hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap to keep the plates closed shut when not in use, making it easier to store out of reach of children.
  • Luggage protection: Placing hair straighteners directly into luggage without allowing them to cool down can risk damage to clothes and heating up combustible or flammable packed items. If your hair straighteners weren't supplied with a heat protective cap then wrap them in a heat mat or use a hot tools travel case to pack them into luggage whilst warm. A travel case will also keep expensive hair straighteners protected from damage during transit.
  • Hair protection: Applying a heat protectant spray prior to using hair straighteners is essential to prevent burning, as well as using the correct technique for your hair type - read our guide on how to use hair straighteners for comprehensive information.
  • Fire protection: It can take up to 40 minutes for hair straighteners to cool down so resting your straighteners on a heat mat could reduce the risk of setting fire to furniture. Forgetting to turn off hot domestic appliances can also cause fires. This risk can be reduced by using a model of straightener with a timer socket which will turn itself off automatically after a certain length of time, you can also add this feature to any basic straighteners by using a timer socket in a power outlet.    [13] [14] [17] [18] [19] [20]
How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Hair straighteners connected to a timer power outlet

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

1 in 12 owners of hair straighteners admit to forgetting to turn them off after use, unless your hair straighteners have a built in automatic timer then leaving them on could potentially start a fire. However you can add this functionality to any model even if it doesn't have an integrated timer:

  1. Add an automatic timer to any hair straighteners by plugging them into a timer socket then plugging the timer into a power outlet.
  2. Turn on the timer and use the hair straighteners as normal.
  3. After you have finishing using the hair straighteners turn off the power at the outlet.
  4. However if you forget to turn the power outlet off then the timer will automatically switch off the straighteners after a pre-set length of time. Depending on the model of timer this could be 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes - ideally pick the shortest length of time possible.
  5. For added peace of mind use a power outlet splitter to share the outlet from the timer with both your hair straighteners and a lamp. When the timer is running both the straighteners and the lamp will be turned on, making the lamp a clear indicator that the straighteners are still being heated. When leaving a room it is second nature to ensure all lights are turned off, if the lamp is still on then this acts as a reminder to switch off the straighteners.
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How to treat a hot iron burn

If you accidentally burn yourself run cold water under your burn and if it is severe it is advised to seek medical attention from a doctor or hospital.

How to use hair straighteners in Indonesia using a type C power adapter

A guide on how to power your hair straighteners in Indonesia using a 2 prong Type C travel charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet - but if not then don't continue as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your straighteners. Some dual voltage travel hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Indonesia you will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Indonesia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Indonesian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the straighteners in Indonesia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Indonesia using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Indonesia using a type F power adapter

Instructions on how to power your hair straighteners in Indonesia using a 2 prong Type F travel charger.

  1. Make sure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue as you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Indonesia; please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Indonesia isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair straighteners you will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Indonesia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter into the Indonesian power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Indonesian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the straighteners in Indonesia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Indonesia using a type F power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Indonesia using a type G power adapter

Instructions showing you how to use your hair straighteners in Indonesia using a 3 pin Type G power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Indonesia, please consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [8] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Indonesia. This Type G plug adapter helps convert different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Indonesia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G plug adapter in the Indonesian power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [7], can be identified by 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Indonesian power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Indonesia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Indonesia using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Indonesia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated cost between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costing under $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  8. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, between $5 to $10.
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, between $90 to $100.
  10. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  11. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  12. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, estimated cost under $60.
  13. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, priced between $10 to $15.
  14. Heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons - Protects surfaces from hot hair irons and wraps around the appliance allowing instant packing into baggage, between $10 to $15.
  15. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, under $50.
  17. Heat resistant gloves for hair styling - Heat resistant glove recommended to protect skin against the risk of heat from a curling iron, flat iron or hair dryer, between $4 to $5.
  18. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, priced at between $10 to $15.
  19. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated cost between $110 to $120.
  20. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, between $230 to $240.
  21. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, estimated price under $30.